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September 27, 2012
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1 previous review
October 19, 2011

I joined the Silver Star Families after my son was wounded in Iraq. I wanted to help other servicemen and families who were going through the same thing I did. This organization honors and assists se... more

September 27, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

I joined the SSFOA after my son was wounded in Iraq while serving with the USMC. I have made lasting friends while working for this organization. It really gives you a good feeling to be able to help wounded military and veterans by writing cards and letters, collecting personal care items, and making up gift boxes for hospitalized veterans. I have also been able to give and recieve support as the mother of a wounded service man.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 19, 2011

I joined the Silver Star Families after my son was wounded in Iraq. I wanted to help other servicemen and families who were going through the same thing I did. This organization honors and assists servicemen injured or wounded in a war zone. We have written cards and letters of thanks and encouragement to the wounded, those suffering from PTSD
and their families. We have provided gift bags of personal care items to VA Medical Centers as well as baked cookies and sent boxes of items to both Iraq and Afghanistan. We have given DVD's and CD's to various hospitals including Landsthul. We have honored the sacrifice of thousands of servicemen by awarding them the Silver Star Service Banner.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Participation in their programs.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more grants and funding to broaden the scope of programs available

September 27, 2012

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1 previous review
October 25, 2011

We (SSFOA) have worked tirelessly over the past 7 years + to ensure that no combat wounded or ill, injured or dying of our Armed Forces and Veteran population, will always be remembered and honored. ... more

September 27, 2012

It has always been a pleasure to provide, honor and assist our nations combat wounded, ill, injured and dying troops and Vets from all wars (WWII- present). As a board member, it also brings me and the organization much satisfaction knowing that our SSFOA overhead for 2011 was at 3.1%. This means that practically .97 cents of each dollar donated goes directly to programs that benefit our wounded and ill, homeless Veterans and all other SSFOA programs and initiatives. Thank you so much for helping the SSFOA help them all, our beloved and treasured combat wounded and ill, injured and dying troops and Veterans.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many of the varied ways that SSFOA honors and recognizes, assists and advocates and one on one personal presentations of the Silver Star Service banner packages, amongst other SSFOA programs, as well.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have thousands of volunteers, dedicated people and of course more funds on a regular basis to operate every vital program or awareness that the SSFOA has been involved in since 2004.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Being able to fund our vital programs and possibly being able to start and sustain new ones, as well. Funding, it is always funding that is needed to properly fund existing programs. We charge no fee for our free service(s) to those eligible that request and we have no paid board, volunteers and do not fund large production conventions for our membership.

What is its top priority in the long run?

ENDING Homeless Veterans and families, honoring and recoginizing each eligible recipient with the Silver Star Service banner package. seeing all combat wounded and ill Veterans treated with dignity and respect and the ability to make that difference where it is needed and deserved. Dedicated volunteers that take the preverbial bull by the horns and appreciation toward those special people that volunteer of there time and talents for the mission of the SSFOA.

October 25, 2011

We (SSFOA) have worked tirelessly over the past 7 years + to ensure that no combat wounded or ill, injured or dying of our Armed Forces and Veteran population, will always be remembered and honored.

I have enjoyed the SSFOA and having the ability to recognize so many of this sometimes
overlooked population, especially our homeless Vets and Hospice/palliative care Vets in the V.A. hospitals nationwide. The special devotion the SSFOA also feels toward our Vietnam Vets, their struggles of coming home and now their struggles of getting the care they need within the V.A. hospital/op clinic as they are aging, now.

Presenting the silver star service banner packages in person in ceremonies and in one-on-one cases are more than rewarding for all concerned. Volunteering and serving in professional capacity for SSFOA has only increased my respect and awareness of the need for SSFOA and other non profits to help, honor, recognize, assist and advocate for our beloved troops and Veterans.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Too numerous facets to list. I have seen the SSFOA grow and expand and always on a shoe string budget. We have strong and mostly long lived volunteers whom nationwide, work hard on many SSFOA programs. It is always nice and appreciated that for a moderately sized non profit that the SSFOA has dedicated volunteers who reach goals and exceed expectations when honoring our combat wounded and ill troops and Veterans via SSFOA programs.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ahhh, the old dreaded money topic; we (SSFOA) could always use more to reach even more military and Veterans that need us. So, funds are always in high demand and most of the donations go directly to SSFOA programs. It would be nice to garner some pro bono marketing and advertising folks to 'market our mission and programs'. Also more volunteers like the ones we already have, those with a heart for the mission and sincere dedication to accomplish our mission goals for those that need us.

September 26, 2012
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1 previous review
October 27, 2011

I have been a member of Silver Star Families of America for about 5 years now and truly enjoy the things we do to help our wounded and ill. Volunteering is so heart warming and rewarding and I can't ... more

September 26, 2012
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I have worked with Silver Star Families of America for 6 years. It is the most wonderful and warm experience of my life. They do everything they can to help our wounded and ill. They work from donations only and really does need help. Soldiers in hospitals receive help, veterans in hospitals and homes receive help, veterans on the street receive help - they go 100% of the way to find wounded or ill to help. They have a wonderful PTSD program and a hot line for those that need to talk or are suicidal. They are the best! I will work with them until they are no longer needed - but there will always be wars and the need. God bless them for the work they do.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 27, 2011

I have been a member of Silver Star Families of America for about 5 years now and truly enjoy the things we do to help our wounded and ill. Volunteering is so heart warming and rewarding and I can't think of any other organization that I would enjoy as much. Steve and Diana are such an inspiration to everyone and they work tirelessly. It is a truly a gift to our wounded that they founded SSFOA. SSFOA needs more volunteers and I pray about it daily. God bless our wounded and ill and all of our military veterans and active duty. Our country is very blessed to have each one of them. God bless America.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have met soldiers that have received cards from SSFOA at the Veterans Home.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change anything. If it works, don't try and fix it!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

None, they are very organized and know who does what and when and how.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, very much so. Teaches me that one can not give enough and warms my heart to see a smile on a veterans face.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Very good!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 28, 2011

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October 28, 2011

I am a member of the letter writing team. It is so heartwarming to participate in a program that offers support to our military who are deployed as well as those who have returned home. This wonderful non-profit consistently communicates the needs of our wounded for letter writing volunteers to send cards of encouragement and well wishes. Volunteers who take on leadership roles are true examples of the spirit of giving unconditionally. The focus is on the mission and the number of people making it happen is a testament to the integrity and purpose for which this organization was founded. I am proud to say I am a volunteer for the Silver Star Families of America.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Reading the monthly reports from volunteers who give a count of their participation through cards and letters.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not know what to say...they are doing a great job!

October 27, 2011

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October 27, 2011

I am proud to be a volunteer with the SSFOA. Our Leadership is strong our Goal simple . Every question is answered no matter how trivial. The feed back is appreciated and advice given were needed in order to help me be a better volunteer.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Receiving acknowledgements from the Troops that receive our cards, goodies from home (anything and everything is appreciated) saying how great knowing so many care and they are not forgotten and to Pray for them. Also acknowledgement from our Leaders.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have no changes to make for this organization I would however like to see more funding and more volunteers coming forward, The founders and officers have been doing so much for so long and are always on hand. This is an on going mission Past, Present and Future.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I really don't think there is a change when something is done right. They make all volunteers feel like family and what we do no matter how small its acknowledge and thanks given.It touches so many families.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

This experience has been an eye opener for me. I have made new friends and experienced Gratitude from our troops making me feel like I am helping out and making a difference. It is in giving that we receive

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Great and that I am making a difference even if its just to one person. I now have the utmost respect for our Veterans and Military, Before this sad to say I really didn't think about them too much.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 27, 2011

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October 27, 2011

The Silver Star Families gives me an opportunity to give back to those men and women who have not only given their lives literally but to the ones who made it home (sometimes with limbs missing and other horrible injuries). I personally want to do something directly to affect their situations and this was the way I chose to do it. I am so happy there are groups like the Silver Star Families who do care about the veterans who return home and while they are still away and follow up with them and keep tabs on their situations after they return. They need help; any and all kinds of help. We can go through these great organizations to give back.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It has given me an opportunity to give back.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more monetary resources to provide for returning veterans and their families when they fall on hard times in the job market and in life. We need to have organizations like this who do keep up with and care about them after returning.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Certainly introducing new friends.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Useful.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 19, 2011

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October 19, 2011

Silver Star Families is truly a mission that is all about giving our combat wounded, ill, injured and dying the recognition and honor they deserve. SSFOA is very careful and protective of how these wonderful heroes are treated, both those still serving and as Veterans. The org and its members hold its mission in highest esteem and work together to see it accomplished for our "kids."

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a day to day working relationship with the Founders and Board. Their works are never ceasing and always moving forward to find ways and means to support our combat wounded, ill, injured and dying.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ask for MORE.... hours in a day to accomplish further honor and programs for our kids....workers.... financial support to accomplish the mission. The SSFOA itself and its members could not be more caring or dedicated to its cause. May the Lord continue to bless them as they work to honor our heroes.

March 26, 2010

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March 26, 2010

Very emotional to see those honored for serving their country from all wars. Presentations where injured were there and honored for what they had done 60 years ago, 50 years ago, 40 years ago to now.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being able to meet and talk to Veterans, from several conflicts, to see how they cope with their injuries.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Awesome

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 26, 2010

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March 26, 2010

I stand back in awe and watch how this organization honors wounded and ill from all wars. Now I have heard that they are honoring the dying veterans with prayer blankets. This is a first rate organization.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

To watch the look in those eyes of those that have served and who have been wounded or are ill and see tears at being recognized for what they have done. To see the one presenting the award with tears in their eyes too.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, fiercely loyal and totally giving of their time.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could do so many things to honor the wounded and ill and dying veterans. More banners, prayer blankets, coupon books, so much could be done.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 4, 2010

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March 4, 2010

My experience with this organization was as a banner recipient. I was amazed at the beautiful banner and certificate that was presented to me. I was totally surprised by all of this and still get very emotional when I think of the whole presentation itself.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being recognized for going and serving my country.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Sincere, dedicated and loyal to what they do.

Ways to make it better...

It couldn't have been an better

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I would imagine that like most organizations today, they struggle with donations being what the econmy is today.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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